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Jakarta steps up efforts to process toxic e-waste

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 19, 2019   /  07:14 am
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Unwanted electronics are seen in a dropbox in Cikini train station in Central Jakarta on Thursday. The Jakarta Environment Agency has installed drop boxes for electronic waste in public spaces and is offering a free of charge pick-up service.(The Jakarta Post/Ricky Yudhistira )

English teacher Fahry Pradipta once faced the dilemma of what to do with his unusable PlayStation 1 gaming console and his antiquated brick-looking Nokia phone, which lay, gathering dust, atop his wardrobe. “At first, I didn’t want to get rid of my old electronics because of the sentimental value they possessed. However, they became troublesome over time as they were getting dusty and took up space in my bedroom,” he said. Fortunately for Fahry, he recently heard about the electronic waste drop boxes that are located across Jakarta. After searching for the one nearest to his office, the 24-year-old disposed of his electronic artifacts. “Initially, the idea of throwing away my first ever gaming console was disheartening. However, it couldn’t be switched on anymore, so it made more sense to have it recycled into something more useful,” he said. ...